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Trump Administration Stops Idaho’s Bid to Skirt Obamacare Rules

  • Federal regulator says other plans may offer alternative
  • Idaho sought to sell less-comprehensive, cheaper coverage
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The Trump administration on Thursday rejected a plan by Idaho insurance regulators to sell health plans that don’t carry some of the consumer protections required by the Affordable Care Act.

In January, Idaho regulators said they would let insurers in the state sell health plans that don’t cover pre-existing conditions and that do allow them to charge sick people higher premiums. Obamacare bars such policies, and the head of the agency that oversees the health law said she would reluctantly enforce the letter of the law.